STEVENAGE, ENGLAND - JUNE 14:  Queen Elizabeth II visits a new maternity ward at the Lister Hospital on June 14, 2012 in Stevenage, England. The Queen is on a two day tour of the East Midlands as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the country.  (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TV - Movies
Queen Elizabeth
II's Favorite Part
Of Downton
Abbey Makes Too
Much Sense
On September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully in her sleep at Balmoral after sitting on the throne for 70 years. The late royal was fond of the simple things in life, such as gardening and stamp collecting but also television — specifically, she was a fan of Downton Abbey.
“Downton Abbey,” an ITV Production, was a dramatic series about British aristocracy, but however entertaining the show was, it would seem the late queen also had a secondary motive behind watching it. She loved to find historical inaccuracies in the series — for instance, the Queen once found some of the pinned medals on a soldier were from the wrong world war.
In a 2015 interview with People, Brian Hoey, author of “At Home with the Queen,” explained, “The Queen did notice on one episode that there was a young so-called British officer wearing medals which had not been awarded when he was supposed to be alive. He was fighting in the First World War, and the medals on his chest did not come in until the Second World War."